A MUM who longed to be a parent lost her daughter to a brain tumour, just two years after her twin sister had died in the womb.

After six years of IVF and several miscarriages, Kathryn Whitby, 41, and husband Lester finally became pregnant with two twin girls in 2014.

But their joy was short-lived when Angel died in the womb at 31 weeks, and Imogen died in January 2017, five months after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.

They are now planning a coffee and craft morning on Saturday to help raise funds for research and awareness about brain tumours - the biggest cancer killer of children and under-40s in the UK.

Mrs Whitby, a training manager from Banbury, said: "When we lost Angel, it was Immy who kept us going.

“It felt like we had double the love to give her.

"She was easygoing and always smiling.

"She learned to walk at a year and was a whirlwind of fun who filled our house with playfulness and laughter.

“She loved Peppa Pig, making endless cups of pretend tea, eating baked beans one by one with her fingers and putting on her red ‘doos’ to chase our dog Monty around the garden.

“Her first word was ‘Dada’, closely followed by ‘Quack!’

“She was an utter joy.”

In July 2016, Immy started being sick and wobbly on her feet.

After several visits to a GP, a CT scan found evidence of a tumour on Immy's brain.

She was taken to the John Radcliffe for a nine hour operation which left her needing to learn how to walk and talk again.

Despite a scan showing there was no sign of the tumour but Immy became unwell again over Christmas.

The family were given the news that the cancer was back and she may only have days to live.

She spent her last days being cared for by Helen and Douglas House in Oxford.

The bake sale, part of The Brain Tumour Charity's 'Big Bandana Bake' for Brain Tumour Awareness Month, will take place at Middleton Cheney Sports and Social Club in Banbury.

Mrs Whitby said: " I want to give other mums a lovely day. Their children will be able to make Mother’s Day cards and decorate cupcakes, while they have a cuppa and slice of cake.

“Everyone has been so very kind and I have been overwhelmed by the support.”